Friday, March 15, 2013

Algeria: Ex-Police Chief Sentenced To Death

March 13, 2013: An Algeria court sentenced a former police commissioner to death for murdering a woman colleague and concealing the evidence of his crime, media reports said.

Abdelkrim Boutrik, formerly police chief in Adrar more than 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) from Algiers, cut the throat of 32-year-old police officer Cherifa Hadj Brahim in a remote desert area in July 2010 and hid the evidence.

The APS news agency said that after first denying any involvement in the killing, Boutrik was confronted by witness testimony and scientific evidence including on "his relations" with the victim.

El-Watan daily said in its online edition that Boutrik was also implicated in a vast network of alcohol trafficking, and that the murdered policewoman had "irrefutable evidence" of his involvement.

The death sentence was welcomed by relatives of the victim who attended the hearing in a court in Bechar in southwest Algeria.

"This killer deserves to be put to death at once. He killed an adorable girl who was loved by everyone in Adrar," said one woman outside the courthouse.

Although the death penalty is still on the statute books, Algeria has not carried out an execution since 1993.

Source: Agence France-Presse, March 13, 2013